Whether you’re planning a trip to Clarksville soon or you’re new to the city, it’s always fun to explore the newest local places. Despite the pandemic, Clarksville is booming. A wave of new businesses opened in recent months and more are expected throughout the year. Plus, live music is back and new trails are open. Here are a few new spots you’ll want to add to your must-see list this spring and summer.
Holy Banana Nachos, Batman! is one of many creative and tasty menu items at Dock 17. Photo: @erkabeff
Dock 17 opened in April featuring gourmet burgers and brews for dinner on weekdays, with added brunch hours on Saturdays and Sundays. The restaurant is in The City Forum complex, not too far from Exit 11. In addition to spacious indoor seating, guests love hanging out around the outdoor fire pit.
Fun menu items include Hog Heaven, crispy sweet potato fries topped with pulled pork and a combination of items you might never think would work together (apples, kettle corn, cinnamon whiskey cream and plum sauce.) It’s one of those things you have to try…just because.
Big on flavor, their burger concoctions like Boot Scootin’ Burger, Big Loud Trucker, and Rocky Top, will tantalize your taste buds. Enticing entrees carry over to brunch with Chicken & Mushroom Crepes and Benedict Burger Sliders, along with omelet and biscuit selections. Plus, dozens of options for creative specialty cocktails, brews and wines round out a fantastic dining experience.
Black Rifle Coffee Company
Black Rifle opened with great fanfare in Clarksville in April 2021. Photo: @joshasorusrex
Black Rifle Coffee Company avidly supports veterans and first responders.
Veteran-owned Black Rifle Coffee Company celebrated a grand opening in Clarksville in April. Being the home of Fort Campbell Army Post and thousands of veterans, Clarksville coffee fans count this as a huge score! (We are defying all the limits of Facebook organic posts with over 113K impressions and 16,200 engagements so far on our grand opening announcement!) Their coffee-club model ensures that members won’t miss out on their favorite brews, wherever they are. Now, those same explosive roasts are available in-store right here in Clarksville.
In downtown Clarksville, properties continue to change hands frequently with new business and announcements happening regularly. City Market renovated a historic building and reopened what some Clarksvillians might remember as The Arcade in the mid-70s to early 80s. So far, four shops are open:
- Fanelli’s Deli and Market is an authentic Italian deli with specialty gourmet retail products. Ryan Bowie, owner of City Boy County Life (also located in the Market) and executive director of the Roxy Regional Theatre said this about the Meatball Sub. “The bread, perfect. The meatballs, like my grandmas. The sauce, a perfect balance of sweet and savory and the addition of the pesto...genius.”
- With the absence of live theatre in 2020, Bowie pursued other dreams and opened City Boy County Life in the fall. He’s since expanded twice and recently opened the shop in City Market. His beautifully presented affordable and appealing home décor/lifestyle collection makes the store a place you’ll want to visit often for gifting and yourself.
- The Clarksville Collection carries custom-designed and USA-manufactured Clarksville and Montgomery County merchandise. Think beyond t-shirts and tumblers to kids' apparel, playing cards, coasters, magnets, and many other pieces. The Clarksville Collection is the second retail store downtown from Bostonian transplants, Jody Isaacs and Steve Tyrrell, who moved to Clarksville specifically to enhance the downtown community.
- Make Your Mark Framing opened their second brick-and-mortar store in Clarksville in City Market after operating the shop in nearly Dickson for four years. They offer high-quality and unique framing products and services. The owners are Tennessee’s only Certified Picture Framers (CPF).
The Vine on Franklin will be Clarksville’s first wine bar and is set to later this spring. The Vine will offer wines from all over the world, accompanied by charcuterie boards.
Drake's opens a Clarksville location on May 3 at 120 South Hampton Plaza, site of the former Demo's restaurant. The regional chain specializes in burgers, sushi and beer. Clarksville marks the 17th market for the restaurant with other locations in Indiana, Kentucky, southern Illinois, east Tennessee, North Carolina and Alabama.
Riverwalk Trail Extension
Red River East Trailhead opened this past weekend, extending the Cumberland Riverwalk to a point that is across the Red River from the Clarksville Greenway. The city received a grant for a pedestrian overpass across the Red River to connect the two trails. When complete, the trail will total about 9 miles from north to south. Parking for the new trail section is at Action Air on Kraft Street or at the McGregor Park expansion (behind O’Charley’s on Riverside Dr.) Red River views are spectacular and benches are scattered along the shaded paved pathway.
Download a Visitors Guide or order a free printed copy today to start planning your Clarksville getaway.